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					                                                                Smoke Signals          April 2010, Spring Edition
                                                                                       2009-2010 Program Year

                                                                   Welcome to the EMAIL/ONLINE issue of SMOKE SIGNALS.
                                                                     Committed to keeping the Timucuan Federation Nations
                                                                               informed about what’s happening in
                                                                           Adventure Guides/Princesses/Trail Blazers

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                                            Smoke Signals Stories Requested
        We encourage our Guides and Princesses to submit stories to the Smoke Signals Chief Sparrowhawk, ( ).
        If you have a story, experience, recipe, game, etc, that you’d like to share, please do. Those selected for publishing will earn coup points
                                                for their tribe and receive a special Smoke Signals patch..

                    Federation Chief Message

Big How Timucuan Federation!!!!!

Wow! The season is flying by and its already time for our Spring Longhouses. Little Flower and I have enjoyed many great moments
together throughout the 2009-2010 season, yet there is still so much more to enjoy. Timucuan Federation Medicine Man "Big Moon"
and I are looking forward to trading with all the Guides and Princesses again at Longhouse! Big Guides, please remind your guides
and princesses to learn the "Aims" in your Indian Program Handbook. We were very impressed with all of you that learned your
"Pledge", and were able to recite it for us at the Fall Longhouses. The Aims will be a little more challenging, so, Big Moon has
arranged for the reward to be even greater. BIG HOW!

Here are the Aims you need to know:

       To be clean in body and pure in heart.
       To be "Pals Forever" (Guides), and "Friends Always" (Princesses) with my dad, daughter or son.
       To love the sacred circle of my family.
       To be attentive while other speak.
       To love my neighbor as myself.
       To seek and preserve the beauty of the Great Spirits work in forest, field and stream.

With the help of so many of the Timucuan Federation's Big Braves, Guides and Princesses, the Statewide Pow-Wow event held
at Westgate River Ranch was absolutely terrific. Our fellow federations throughout the state of Florida came together and put on
a fantastic, fun-filled weekend. The Saturday Night Rodeo was an event we will remember forever. Congratulations to all the
Guides and Princesses who chased the cow's tail. Many, many thanks to all of the Big Braves who contributed so much time and
effort to make this event such a great time for all of our children. The Great Spirit had to be pleased with all the smiling faces.

Many times, as we move along in life and concentrate on our daily lives, we take those around us, who quietly work behind the
scenes, for granted. Chief Sparrowhawk has dedicated many hours of his time over the course of the last two seasons in putting
together our "Smoke Signals" newsletter. Little Flower and I want to thank him, and ALL of the Timucuan Federation Council
members for the time they spend in assuring that our children are able to enjoy the many events throughout the year. The many
memories that we build over our years in the Indian Guides and Princesses program are a direct result of their time and efforts.
Guides and princesses, don't forget to say thank you to your dad, tribe chief, and all the other dads in your tribe that help to make
your time at all the events we attend so much fun. A simple thank you is, after all, a "friendly service to each other".

Big How! Big How! BIG HOW!

With many thanks,
Chief Silver Bear and Princess Little Flower

                            Federation Medicine Man Message
Big How!!!

My princess Little Moon and myself (Big Moon) just recently attended the Statewide Pow-Wow and had an absolute blast to say
the least. I believe the entire group of other Nations / Federations throughout the state were totally blown away by the
performance provided by the mighty Timucuan Federation Friday evening for the sacred fire and the encampments, especially
Yuma's. No one else there could compare with what our Federation brought to the table. I am sure that many Nations /
Federations went home with the "how do we compete with that" mindset. Sometimes we do not appreciate ourselves and our
dedicated tribes as much as we should but can truly see what we have when we line up against the others that attend the state

The camp sites at West River Ranch (where we were staged) were somewhat primitive but the property was very diverse in what
they had to offer. Fishing, airboat rides, skeet shooting, golf carts, hiking trails, plenty of room for all that came including for the
war games in addition to the entertainment that was procured. The rodeo Saturday evening was also a great way to cap off the
weekend as they especially facilitated our group by setting up "the running of the bulls (baby cows)" for the kids to chase and pull
the ribbons off of. This is something they do not normally do and set up just for our group. This can be seen on the Timucuan
website "Sandpainting" - 2010 Statewide section. My princess and I have never been to a rodeo and this was a unique twist for
the statewide event. We both have never been on an airboat before. Many thanks to the Seminole Nation for setting things up
but even more thanks to all of you in the Timucuan Federation as I believe that our group really put an impression into everyone's
mind that was there and had alot of set up time invested to do this. Probably just as much as the hosting group.

I hope that everyone that went had a great time, I know that there were many of us that did not want to go to sleep as we did not
want to miss any of the fun and camaraderie that was taking place. My princess has probably has never gone for such an
extended period of time with such little sleep. I thank all of our tribes that shared their buffalo meat (I believe everyone
sampled from everyone else) and their company. The bonding was priceless and I wish to extend my sincerest thanks to all that
were there. I am sure next year's statewide is already being planned out by some of our group already. We all have our
longhouses coming up in just a few weeks, though they are not the statewide, we look to see everyone again shortly and believe
they will be just as entertaining. Thanks to all for making our own (my princess and my) time in the program as enjoyable as it
has been!

ya te heh
Big Moon
                                            Adventure Guide & Princess Stories

                            How the Ducks Got their Fine Feathers
                                                 Native American Lore

                              Another night had come, and I made my way toward War Eagle's lodge. In the bright moonlight the
                              dead leaves of the quaking aspen fluttered down whenever the wind shook the trees; and over the
                              village great flocks of ducks and geese and swan passed in a neverending procession, calling to
                              each other in strange tones as they sped away toward the waters that never freeze.

                              In the lodge War Eagle waited for his grandchildren, and when they had entered, happily, he laid
                              aside his pipe and said:

"The Duck-people are travelling tonight just as they have done since the world was young. They are going away from winter
because they cannot make a living when ice covers the rivers.

"You have seen the Duck-people often. You have noticed that they wear fine clothes but you do not know how they got them; so
I will tell you tonight.

"It was in the fall when leaves are yellow that it happened, and long, long ago. The Duck-people had gathered to go away, just
as they are doing now. The buckdeer was coming down from the high ridges to visit friends in the lowlands along the streams as
they have always done. On a lake OLD-man saw the Duck-people getting ready to go away, and at that time they all looked
alike; that is, they all wore the same colored clothes. The loons and the geese and the ducks were there and playing in the
sunlight. The loons were laughing loudly and the diving was fast and merry to see. On the hill where OLD-man stood there was
a great deal of moss, and he began to tear it from the ground and roll it into a great ball. When he had gathered all he needed
he shouldered the load and started for the shore of the lake, staggering under the weight of the great burden. Finally the Duck-
people saw him coming with his load of moss and began to swim away from the shore.

"'Wait, my brothers!' he called, 'I have a big load here, and I am going to give you people a dance. Come and help me get things
ready. '

"'Don't you do it,' said the gray goose to the others; 'that's OLD-man and he is up to something bad, I am sure.'

"So the loon called to OLD-man and said they wouldn't help him at all.

"Right near the water OLD-man dropped his ball of moss and then cut twenty long poles. With the poles he built a lodge which
he covered with the moss, leaving a doorway facing the lake. Inside the lodge he built a fire and when it grew bright he cried:

"'Say, brothers, why should you treat me this way when I am here to give you a big dance? Come into the lodge,' but they
wouldn't do that. Finally OLD-man began to sing a song in the duck-talk, and keep time with his drum. The Duck-people liked
the music, and swam a little nearer to the shore, watching for trouble all the time, but OLD-man sang so sweetly that pretty soon
they waddled up to the lodge and went inside. The loon stopped near the door, for he believed that what the gray goose had
said was true, and that OLD-man was up to some mischief. The gray goose, too, was careful to stay close to the door but the
ducks reached all about the fire.

"'Well,' said Old-man, 'this is going to be the Blind dance, but you will have to be painted first.
 "'Brother Mallard, name the colors - tell how you want me to paint you.' "'Well,' replied the mallard drake, 'paint my head green,
 and put a white circle around my throat, like a necklace. Besides that, I want a brown breast and yellow legs: but I don't want my
 wife painted that way.'

 "OLD-man painted him just as he asked, and his wife, too. Then the teal and the wood duck (it took a long time to paint the
 wood duck) and the spoonbill and the blue bill and the canvasback and the goose and the brant and the loon - all chose their
 paint. OLD-man painted them all just as they wanted him to, and kept singing all the time. They looked very pretty in the firelight,
 for it was night before the painting was done.

 "'Now,' said OLD-man, 'as this is the Blind dance, when I beat upon my drum you must all shut your eyes tight and circle around
 the fire as I sing. Every one that peeks will have sore eyes forever.'

 "Then the Duck-people shut their eyes and OLD-man began to sing: 'Now you come, ducks, now you come--tum-tum, tum; tum-
 tum, tum.'

 "Around the fire they came with their eyes still shut, and as fast as they reached OLD-man, the rascal would seize them, and
 wring their necks. Ho! things were going fine for OLD-man, but the loon peeked a little, and saw what was going on; several
 others heard the fluttering and opened their eyes, too. The loon cried out, 'He's killing us - let us fly,' and they did that. There
 was a great squawking and quacking and fluttering as the Duck-people escaped from the lodge. Ho! but OLD-man was angry,
 and he kicked the back of the loon-duck, and that is why his feet turn from his body when he walks or tries to stand. Yes, that is
 why he is a cripple today.

 "And all of the Duck-people that peeked that night at the dance still have sore eyes - just as OLD-man told them they would
 have. Of course they hurt and smart no more but they stay red to pay for peeking, and always will. You have seen the mallard
 and the rest of the Duck-people. You can see that the colors OLD-man painted so long ago are still bright and handsome, and
 they will stay that way forever and forever.

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                                                Tribal News
 StateWide Longhouse Story

 Big Howdy!

 This weekend me and my daddy went to a real rodeo at the state campout. I have never seen one, not even on TV. We
 went on an airboat ride and drove right over the grass without stopping and saw a bunch of alligators and cows. We have a
 boat but not an airboat. Monday is my birthday but I dont think it will be as much fun as we had this weekend. I cant wait until
 our next campout which daddy says is coming soon. We had alot of fun.

 Little Moon
Statewide Pow-Wow Recap
                              For those that went, YEEHAW! We had a great time with trail rides on horseback, hayrides,
                              barbeque, wild bird shows, snake shows, a huge sacred fire and yes, a good ol’ fashioned rodeo.
                              Some of us got on our cowboy hats & boots, maybe a kerchief here and there and enjoyed every
                              moment with our guides & princesses. The place was packed and quarters were tight, but boy
                              howdy did we make some great memories. We saw horses, ponies, mules, goats, chickens,
                              peacocks, sheep, cattle and buffalos! Out on one of the trailrides we even spotted a 5’ alligator
                              sunning himself beside a pond.

                              And talk about your campfire grub, wooo doggy, did our tribes cook up a mess of good vittles.
                              Everywhere you turned was another tribe preparing, grilling or charbroiling some kind of meat. If
                              you went on a walking tour around the campsites, you smelled many delicious things. As I am
                              wont to say, if you went home hungry, it was your own darn fault. Folks were friendly and willing
                              to share their tasty creations for the asking.

I would be remiss if I did not mention the over-the-top out-of-control Yuma tribe. That is one bunch of big braves and guides
that can put the POW in Pow-Wow. Holy Cow, if you had seen their campsite you would understand how much time, effort
and general insanity they put into setting their place up. CAD-layouts, a giant entrance full of their tribe regalia, lights, custom
word carved benches, a trailer of pallets (yeah, their fires were off the charts) and even fireworks. Okay, so Johnny Law paid
them a visit, but this Tribe of the Year showed their colors and had a lot of fun.

With all due and reverent respect for the Sacred Fire (which was quite a show), the keynote event of the Pow-Wow was the
Rodeo. There were many cheers for Old Glory, the red, white and blue and some down home patriotic riding. We saw trick
riding, wild bull riding and in what had to be the funniest bit of the night, different age groups of our kids were invited into the
main riding area to chase calf’s. The kids won prizes for snatching ribbons off the calf’s tails. Watching it was a riot.

Make certain to visit the Federation website and check out the many great photos put together by Big Moon, our wise and
happy Sandpainter. This was a Pow-Wow to remember. I know that in the years to come as my daughters, Little Otter, Little
Sparrowhawk and Singing Butterfly become teenagers and move on to other things in life, they will look back on these
memories and recall happy times with their father. None of us knows what the future holds, for it is always in motion, but
these times together are forever mine and locked away in my heart.

Big How!

                                               Indian Crafts

Native American Art doesn’t have to be a dream catcher or intricate paintings of tee-pees and horses. You can make
beautiful Native American wall hangings with a few things from the craft store. You’ll need: craft arrowheads (or real ones),
leather sinew, metal craft rings, small solid pieces of leather, beads, feathers in a variety of colors and maybe a wooden base
or two. Some pictures cut from magazines of Indians or wolves can be worked into the art as well. All of the projects are
simple and can be changed to suit how you want the piece to look.

Mantle Display - A quick and easy mantle display can be made using a piece of wood for a base. It can be long or short,
painted or unpainted. Purchase a small picture frame, about 2"X3", preferably round. Put a picture of Native American life in
the frame, then glue the frame in the middle of the wooden base. On one side of the picture, set a rock or large wood chip. On
the other side, lay an arrowhead or two. String tiny turquoise-colored beads and randomly lay the strand on the base, stringing
it around the arrowheads, in front of the picture, over the rock and so forth. Instead of the string of beads you can also use
leather sinew to snake around the plaque.

Arrowhead Display - Make an arrowhead display by painting three craft arrowheads in three different colors. Use a wooden
base that is rectangular to mount the arrowheads, straight down, in a row. The long sides of the base should be vertical. Now
glue a wooden bead to each of the four corners of the plaque. Dip feather ends in glue, then slide them into the wooden bead
holes. Use any color combination you want for the arrowheads, beads, feathers and wooden base. To finish, place a wooden
bead in the center of the top of the plaque. Dip feathers in glue and slide them into one side hole of the bead, then put more
feathers in the opposite hole.

Native American Picture Display - Slide a Native American picture into a clear CD case. Glue rawhide bones to the CD
case, one on each side. Cut a strip of leather the length of the perimeter of the CD case. Find the center of the strip and glue it
to the center of the top of the CD case. Now glue the leather down each side of the CD case and leave hanging. Place a bead
on each end of the leather strip, then insert feathers. Glue hanging hardware to the back of the CD case, or use a peel-n-stick
picture hanger.
Mini TeePee - Cut the shape of a teepee or buffalo from a piece of brown or black cloth. Cut two circles of leather and glue
the first one to a craft ring by folding the edges of the ring and gluing. Now trim the second circle down to where it will fit the
outside of the ring. Before gluing the back round piece on, cut three small strips of sinew and affix one to the bottom of the
back side of the ring, and one to each side part of the ring. Glue the backside fabric onto the ring. Now glue the teepee image
onto the front leather piece. Slide a bead onto each of the three pieces of leather stripping that are hanging down. Slide the
bead all the way up, place a couple of feathers in the hole, then slide another bead on. Place feathers in it and slide on the
last bead, then feathers. Do this to each of the three hanging down pieces of sinew. Glue a long, flat bead horizontally at the
top of the ring. Glue feathers into each hole. Glue on hanging hardware or use a sticky-on hanger.

There are many other things you can make using Native American pictures, beads, leather and feathers. Be creative and try
your own designs.

                                                         Indian Recipes
1 ½ lb. Of moose meat (or steak) cubed.
4 tsp soya sauce
1 onion, chopped
3 tbsp of oil
½ cup uncooked rice
1 cup of water (or stock of your choice)
1 can of cream of mushroom soup
1 can of sliced mushrooms
1 cup of peas
Salt and pepper to taste

Brown meat, onion and celery in oil in frypan. Transfer to casserole dish.

Mix remaining 9 ingredients together in a bowl. Pour over meat and bake in a 350 oven for 20 to 30 minutes, or until rice is cooked.

Add veggies of your choice, diced small, and herbs/spices to taste. This can be cooked in Slow Cooker all day….meat is tenderer.

Serve with bannock or baking powder bisquits


Use Possum grapes when ripe in the fall. They grow in the woods and along creek banks. Cook ½ gallon wild possum grapes til they are boiling,
using just enough water to cover. Strain through a clean sack. Make dumplings out of 12 cup grape juice, 2 cups flour, 2 tsps. baking powder and
1 tsp shortening. Stir grape juice into dry ingredients to make a stiff dough. Add a tbsp or two of grape juice if needed. Sweeten the boiling
grape juiceleft and boil in juice.

NOTE: In Texas, we generally call the wild grapes "Mustang Grapes". They usually ripen in early summer and are very plentiful. I always gather
plenty for grape juice to drink and to use in jelly making. This dessert is credited to the Seminoles, but the Chickasaws Choctaw, Comanches,
and Cherokees in Texas and Oklahoma make equal use of this recipe and the wild grapes that grow so abundantly.
                                      Timucuan Federation
                                     2009-2010 Calendar of Events

APRIL 2010

Monday, April 12:
 Federation Meeting 7pm Williams YMCA
 Nations Meeting 8:30pm Mandarin Ale House

Spring Longhouses:
 April 9 – 11: Iroquois & Shoshone Nations
 April 16 – 18: Seminole & Sioux Nations
 April 23 – 25: Apache & Algonquin Nations

MAY 2010

   Monday, May 10 - Federation Meeting ( 7pm) Williams YMCA
   Monday, May 10 - Nations Meeting ( 8:30pm) Mandarin Ale House
    Alex's Lemonade Stand
      Saturday, May 22nd
   (2:00-6:00pm) Publix Supermarkets     Federation service project raising money to fight childhood cancer.
   May 14 - Jacksonville Suns Baseball Game, hosted by the Choctaw Federation
   Date TBD - Federation Kite Fly      ( 1:00-3:00pm) Micklers Landing

JUNE 2010

   Monday, June 14 - Federation Meeting ( 7pm) Williams YMCA
   Monday, June 14 - Nations Meeting ( 8:30pm) Mandarin Ale House
   June 6 - Federation End of Year and OWB Party ( 1:00-5:00pm) Hanna Park
   Friday, June 18 - Federation Council Roast, Maggiano's
   Dates TBD - Summer Bowling ( 6pm) Bowl America Mandarin
                                     Timucuan Federation
                                            Contact List 2009-2010

Federation Chief                     Federation WebSpinner                Federation Chief of Winston (Ponte Vedra
Jay Smith - “Silver Bear”            Jim Zoellner – “Chasing Wolf”        YMCA) James Valenti – “Strong Bear”
H: 260-3283 M: 742-0321              H: 287-0522 M: 599-8623              H: 825-1284 M: 806-2132                  

Federation Medicine Man              Federation Tallykeeper               Federation Smoke Signal Chief
& SandPainter                        Mike Ryan - "Wild Eagle”             Michael Greeley – “Sparrowhawk”
Gary Wilson – “Big Moon”             W: 288-6660 M: 579-6761              H: 217-0300 M: 312-0210
W: 824-2584 M: 540-5646          

Federation Recruitment Chief         Federation Fire Starter              Council Elder
Todd Janes – “Iron Star”             Scott Smith – “Flash of Lightning”   Mike Morando - "Crazy Wolf"
H: 287- 0475 M: 240-7719             H: 737-577 M: 349-2921               M: 424-9619        

Council Elder                        Council Elder                        Council Elder
Kurt Gerhardt - "Golden Bear"        Brian Quirk – “Flaming Arrow”        Warren Cook - "Lazy Horse"
H: 262-8133 M: 894-6564              H: 286-4986 M: 382-5960              H: 230-0046 M: 334-3598      

Algonkins Nation Chief               Iroquois Nation Chief                Shoshone Nation Chief
Frank Silverio – “Sunfire”           Louis Cowling – “Big Tiger           Neal Harms – “Big Wind”
M: 806-1727 M2: 207-323-2741         M: 759-8907 H: 808-0545              H: 342-0248 M: 923-2898            

Apache Nations Chief                 Seminole Nation Chief                Sioux Nation Chief
Rich Malzahn – “Bull Gator”          Frank Redway – “Snoring Bear”        Bill Valentino – “Kicking Buffalo”
H: 262-0895 M: 992-6847              H: 287-2771 M: 591-6783              H: 363-9398 M: 509-1494      

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